Known for their ability to provide adventurous outdoors enthusiasts with hours of freewheeling fun, ATVs or “quads” have gained tremendous popularity in recent years. While Colorado thrill seekers young and old regularly operate these vehicles in safe and responsible manner, the fact is that serious accidents and devastating injuries still occur with alarming frequency. Incidents involving ATVs have the potential to produce profound harm, long-lasting disability and sometimes, tragically, even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in an ATV or quad accident and wish to hold negligent parties accountable for what you have suffered, the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal is ready and willing to take up your cause.
ATVs, or all terrain vehicles, are viewed by many to be ideal modes of transport for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, ranching and outdoor endeavors of all types. Four-wheelers, also known as quads, are also used for racing purposes, with some capable of reaching 60 miles per hour. Sometimes weighing in at more than 500 pounds, the potential for injuries to those who utilize these vehicles is easy to understand. Sadly, even ATVs featuring integrated safety features can produce catastrophic injuries under certain circumstances.
According to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2014 alone witnessed 385 ATV accident fatalities and over 93,000 injuries stemming from ATV use which required treatment in emergency rooms across the country. Even more alarming is the fact that over a quarter of those injury reports involved minors aged 16 or younger. There can be no doubt that the enjoyment derived from these vehicles is all too often tempered by their manifest dangers.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents
ATV accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong in a given case. Common causes of ATV accidents in Colorado include:
- poorly maintained or damaged trails
- lack of adult supervision of minor children
- neglect of local or state regulations governing ATV operation
- riding double when vehicle is designed for a single person
- performance of hazardous maneuvers or stunts
- mechanical failure
- defective design or manufacture of vehicle
- defective helmet design or manufacture
Given the immutable forces of nature and the physical size and shape of ATVs, rollover accidents can occur at a moment's notice, resulting in crush injuries and other types of harm that are difficult if not impossible to survive.
ATV Accident Injuries
There can be no doubt about the severity of the harm often sustained in ATV accidents. The injuries experienced are often of a type necessitating emergency medical services and ongoing treatment well after the fact. Common injuries suffered by ATV riders and passengers include:
- traumatic brain injury
- spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis
- facial disfigurement
- fractured bones
- nerve damage
- internal organ damage
The profound nature of this harm can turn what should have been a day of excitement and fun into a tragedy the effects of which will last a lifetime.
Liability for ATV Accidents
When the unthinkable happens and a serious injury results from ATV operation, it is important for victims and their representatives to swiftly identify the party or parties responsible. Depending on the specific facts of a given case, liability in such incidents may be spread among multiple entities.
It may be that the ATV crash at issue was caused by another driver who was operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Perhaps negligent supervision of minors created the circumstances that ultimately led to disaster. Faulty repair or maintenance work on an ATV which resulted in equipment failure may be to blame. In the alternative, it may the that the ATV manufacturer allowed a negligently designed product into the stream of commerce, eventually producing the harm sustained.
In every ATV accident case, it is critical for a thorough investigation to be conducted so that the true cause of injuries or death can be conclusively established. If it turns out that multiple parties are to blame it will be up to the trier of fact to examine the evidence and apportion responsibility and determine compensation levels for victims. At every stage, the assistance of attorney Jeremy Rosenthal can prove invaluable to securing the monetary recovery and accountability to which clients are entitled.
ATV Accident Compensation Considerations
Those who find themselves struggling to cope with the frequently debilitating effects of an ATV accident may not have given a great deal of thought to the possibility of litigation as a means to facilitate their recovery process. However, because the time frame for filing a claim is strictly limited, it is important for victims and their families to begin exploring their options as soon as possible. The financial burdens that follow a serious personal injury event can snowball quickly, leaving entire families fighting to make ends meet.
Attorney Jeremy Rosenthal believes that accident victims owe it to themselves to pursue every dollar of available financial compensation from the parties responsible for their pain. Monetary recovery in ATV accidents can include substantial payment for things such as:
- current, past and future medical bills
- rehabilitation and therapy costs
- handicap accessibility modifications
- lost wages
- diminished future earning potential
- physical pain and suffering
- emotional distress and trauma
- lost of marital and familial relations
- funeral expenses
- lost financial support for dependents left behind
Zealous Representation and Real Results
Colorado is home to thousands upon thousands of outdoor adventurers, with many of them taking advantage of the fun and convenience of ATVs on a regular basis. However, when accidents involving these vehicles leave those involved with agonizing injuries and staggering financial expenses, it can be difficult to know which way to turn for help.
Attorney Jeremy Rosenthal is committed to providing injury victims across the state with the prompt, responsive and conscientious client service they deserve. When it comes to the aggressive pursuit of fair compensation in the aftermath of an accident, nothing will be left to chance. If you would like to learn more about how we can advocate on your behalf, contact us at 303-825-2223.